Alaska’s Halibut and Black Cod Season Opened March 12, 2011


The 2011 wild Alaska halibut and black cod (sablefish) season opened on March 12, 2011. Statewide catch limits for Alaska halibut and black cod are set at 32.5 million pounds and 35.4 million pounds, respectively. Alaska boasts one of the largest populations of wild Pacific halibut and black cod in the world, accounting for 80% of the commercial wild Pacific halibut harvest and two-thirds of the commercial wild black cod harvest in North America.

Alaska halibut and black cod, and in fact all seafood from Alaska, are wild and sustainable seafood choices. Alaska is the only state in the nation to have sustainability language written into its constitution and is considered a model for the world. Visit to learn more about Alaska’s wild fisheries.

Wild Alaska black cod is a highly sought after fish and praised by consumers for its beautiful snow-white meat and velvety texture. Alaska halibut is known for its firm texture and mild, sweet flavor. Thanks to healthy stocks and sustainable management, you can enjoy Alaska black cod and Alaska halibut fresh from March through mid-November, and frozen year-round.

Posted on 04/01/11 by Allison